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Workshops

At Avant Learning we offer a variety of workshops and courses on topics ranging from intercultural communications and competence to needs assessments, online learning development, instructional design and monitoring and evaluation.

These educational programs are 100% customizable to meet the needs and context of your organization. Further, we often design and facilitate educational and cultural solutions from scratch to meet our clients’ unique needs. Below is a sample of workshops that we have recently designed and facilitated:

Intercultural & Diversity Workshops

Cultural Diversity in Higher Education

Canada is known world-wide for its multicultural values and high-quality higher education system. As colleges and universities attract international students to our campuses, we need to embrace this diversity and ensure the quality of our education is based on an approach that ensures faculty and student success.

This workshop is designed to highlight the current global trends that affect the diversity and inclusion in higher education, as well as the latest developments in international and intercultural education that inform best practices in administration, teaching and learning, and student supports. The participants will:

Personal Intercultural Learning

Personal intercultural learning is the foundation for developing intercultural competence. Such competence enables more inclusive practices in colleges; whether that relates to teaching or providing student supports.

This workshop uses an evidenced-based assessment tool called the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) to guide participants towards deep reflection and meaningful action. The participants will:

Culturally Inclusive Teams

A culturally inclusive team is one that embraces and capitalizes on our differences – differences in experiences, backgrounds, and ways of thinking. This is a critical feature of teams in today’s workplace, and a critical skill for staff and faculty to develop within their own teams as well as in their student teams.

This workshop explores intercultural team dynamics and guides participants to discover strategies to enable effective teamwork. Research has shown that diverse teams, when facilitated with inclusive strategies, consistently outperform monocultural teams in terms of innovation and productivity. Participants will:

Culturally Inclusive Teaching Strategies

The workshop begins by looking at our classroom as a place of cultural practice. What do we expect from our students? What do we expect for ourselves as educators? What do students expect of us?

When faculty view students bringing a vast knowledge of their culture to our classroom and actively contributing to our collective learning, we enable transformative learning where students’ identities are affirmed, and their talents are nurtured.

This workshop will challenge educators to examine their expectations through this critical lens and help them design and implement teaching strategies that allow students to thrive, not just to survive. Outcomes for this workshop include:

Diverse and Inclusive Organizations

Diversity is the representation of different people in an organization while inclusion is a practice that ensures everyone has meaningfully contributed to the organizational mission. To achieve this outcome, leaders must apply their individual intercultural capacity to transform organizational culture.

This change management practice involves understanding how diversity and inclusion align with an organization’s vision and mission. In this workshop, the participants will:

Learning & Instructional Design Workshops

Instructional Design Strategies and Tools

Instructional design is at the heart of everything we do at Avant Learning. This interactive workshop covers the basics of instructional design and how developers and instructors can use instructional design tools to develop courses (or parts of courses) from scratch as well as redesign already existing courses. This workshop will:

Training Needs Assessments

Training Needs Assessments (combined with Monitoring and Evaluation) are arguably the most important part of any project. However, they are also the least likely to get done and the most likely parts to be cut from a project as resources become scarcer.

At Avant Learning, we believe that needs assessments are critical to the success of any project be it in education, health care, government or private industry. Organizations that use public sector funding particularly should use needs assessments (combined with monitoring and evaluation) to assess aspects such as capacity building, credibility, sustainability and other key performance indicators. Essentially, needs assessments help organizations identify:

Avant Learning’s Needs Assessment Workshop covers all aspects of needs assessment including:

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)

It has been said that to “value” a given project or outcome, one must be willing to “evaluate” it. This is where the critical skill set found in Monitoring and Evaluation becomes paramount. Combined with Needs Assessments, Monitoring & Evaluation projects are arguably the most important part of any project.

However, like Needs Assessments, they are often the least likely to get done and the most likely parts to be cut from a project as resources become scarcer. We believe that M&E is critical to the success of any project be it in education, health care, government or private industry. Organizations that use public sector funding particularly should use M&E (combined with needs assessments) to evaluate aspects such as capacity building, credibility, sustainability and other key performance indicators.

At the end of our workshops on Monitoring and Evaluation participants will: